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Hopes and Dreams and Knitting a Lamp Post

Mr B is watching Real Madrid playing Bayern Munich on the TV. I am knitting a lamp-post.

 

Yes, indeed, you read that correctly. I am knitting a lamp-post. I can just hear the comments. Why not a sweater or a scarf or even a tea-cosy? Who in their right minds sets about knitting a lamp-post? It may be, even, that you are contemplating whether or not I might be an attention-seeker.

 

I have never knitted a lamp-post before. But then, neither have I ever knitted a brick wall or a piece of pavement but, as you can see from the photo accompanying today’s Blog, I have just managed both of these.  The lamp-post will be my piece de resistance. Possibly.

 

Let me, like a lamp-post, throw a little light on the subject. (Not like my knitted lamp-post, I must confess, which will never lighten anyone’s darkness, try as I might.) Regular readers may remember that this time last year I was completing a similar piece of knitting for the Worthing Churches Homeless Project’s Art Exhibition.  Last year I knitted a faceless figure clutching a picture of his two small children – to illustrate the plight of one of the WCHP’s clients who wanted to get his life back together again for the sake of his children.  Among the many amazing art works completed by artists so much more talented than I, my knitted figure was outstanding only in as far as it was the only knitted art-work on display.

 

This year the theme is “Hopes and Dreams” and once again the Lovely Rachel who is organising the event has sent me details of a particular client – Client 41 - whose hopes and dreams I need to portray. I read that he always wanted to be a policeman till life got in the way and sorry circumstances turned his dreams to dust.  I feel sad for him – but relieved because a policeman should be knittable.

 

My first thought was that I could adapt my Postman Pat pattern but then Mr B looked on e-bay for me and found the perfect pattern. Not just a policeman but a whole scene – including a brick wall and a lamp-post.  I am, as you know, Always Up For A Challenge and it is for a very good cause. The policeman wasn’t too difficult and nor were the brick wall and pavement (though I did get rather sticky gluing everything together.) The lamp-post is a whole different ball game.

 

For a start, it is all a bit fiddly. First I had to cut out a piece of paper 24 cm square, then place two pencils end to end at one edge and roll the paper tightly around he pencils to form a rolled-up tube, securing it with lashings of Sellotape.  Next I had to knit a long skinny covering to wrap around the tube to form the main part of the post.  If all that wasn’t enough, I still have to fashion the lamp, the base and the lamp-post arm (the bit that sticks out horizontally from the main shaft) and stick the whole thing onto the pavement I knitted earlier.  The lamp-post base looks especially tricky, involving lots of winding of strips of paper, cutting and glueing.  Not what you normally reckon on when embarking on a knitting project.

 

I wish I was a real artist and could produce a simply stunning portrayal of Client 41’s hopes and dreams.  I can’t wait to see what the other 199 artists come up with when the exhibition opens in June. Hopefully what we will do, collectively, is to help raise awareness of the work of the charity locally and how it works with homeless people to help them turn their lives around.

 

Everyone has their hopes and dreams. Some of us are fortunate enough to realise them - but some of us are not.

 

Which is why,  for Client 41, I’m knitting a lamp-post.

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15.10 | 11:13

I don't remember seeing this first time round.... but thank you for sharing with me. You write beautifully, and brought a tear to my eyes. Lots of love xx

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10.10 | 21:37

Jaqui I think your grandchildren are very lucky. You have spurred me on to write a letter to Amelia who like Hazel is away from home for the first time. 💕

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03.07 | 22:43

Wouldn't have missed it for the world. xx

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12.06 | 02:31

I love that you talk to your plants ... I used to on my allotment ... seemed perfectly rational !

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